Book Discussions are back at Miami Public Library for Fall 2024. Let’s Talk About It!


Contact: Callie Cortner or Melissa Mathews

Miami Public Library

918-541-2292 |

Book Discussions are back at Miami Public Library for Fall 2024. Let’s Talk About It!

Ottawa County, OK—The Miami Public Library has received another grant for the Let’s Talk About It Book Discussions. The upcoming series is titled “Private Investigations: Hard-Boiled and Soft-Hearted Heroes.” The event is made possible by a grant from Oklahoma Humanities with generous funding and support from the Kirkpatrick Family Fund, McCasland Foundation, Oklahoma City Community Foundation, and Oklahoma City University.

Books will be available soon and may be picked up in advance at the Miami Public Library circulation desk. Sessions will take place at the library in the upstairs meeting room.* All sessions will begin at 6:00 p.m. Attendees are asked to complete a survey at the end of each session. The program is open and free to the public.

*Arrangements will be made for virtual attendees on request. Email to set up.

Private Investigations: Hard-Boiled and Soft-Hearted Heroes

The hard-boiled detective story is uniquely American. This series begins with Raymond Chandler, who perfected and defined the genre and samples three more contemporary authors.

The Big Sleep and The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler

Thursday, August 8, 2024 | 6 PM

Scholar: Brian Cowlishaw

Death in a Tenured Position by Amanda Cross

Thursday, September 5, 2024, 6 PM

Scholar: Kurt Lively

The Ghostway by Tony Hillerman

Thursday, October 10, 2024, 6 PM

Scholar: Hank Coiner

Killing Orders by Sara Paretsky

Thursday, November 14, 2024, PM

Scholar: Emily Dial-Driver

“I’ve enjoyed several series of “Let’s Talk About It Oklahoma” over the years and greatly appreciate being able to attend at no cost at our local library. The guest scholars at each session provide interesting background for the book, with information about the author, the literary genre, its historical context, and its relationship to the topic of the series. They encourage lively and friendly discussion among the local readers who attend. I usually already know some of the attendees, and enjoy meeting others from the community that I may not have otherwise encountered. I always leave a session with a fresh perspective on the book we’ve just read. I recommend this program for anyone in the community; it’s a great opportunity to read, to listen, and to reflect upon some aspects of being human that the book and the discussion will bring to mind.”

Jessica Stout, Miami, OK

For more details regarding the event, please get in touch with Adult Services Librarian, Melissa Mathews, or Assistant Library Director Caitlyn Baker, by calling 918-541-2292.

About Oklahoma Humanities

Oklahoma Humanities (OH) is an independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to strengthen communities by helping Oklahomans learn about the human experience, understand new perspectives, and participate knowledgeably in civic life. As the state partner for the National Endowment for the Humanities, OH is a grant-making organization that provides a free educational magazine, Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibits, reading and discussion groups, and other cultural opportunities. OH engages people in their own communities, stimulating discussion and helping them explore the wider world of human experience.

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